Here is a snapshot of what's been going on in my life:
*I have been observing PreK 3 and PreK 4 teachers in Lubbock and at Levelland Christian School, because I am going back to work in August. I will be teaching PreK 3 and PreK 4 at the Christian School M-F from 8 until 12. So excited!
Feather headbands - I have to get one of these!
Jeggings (Jeans + Leggings = Jeggings)
We sing/read it.
"May there always be sunshine.
May there always be blue skies.
May there always be Mamas.
May there always be me.
May there always be colors.
May there always be birthdays..."
Drew and Kade kept adding their own lyrics Monday night after we finished the book...
"May there always be hay bales.
May there always be pick-ups.
May there always be fishing.
May there always be swimming.
May there always be Emma (Drew's friend at school)
May there always be Sissy (Drew's stuffed animal)
May there always be Jesus.
May there always be Christmas."
It was Kade's turn to sing the next lyric.
Yes, Kade is 3.
*I set our TIVO for Oprah's show today!!! Our good friends, Jeanne and Johnny Mac, are going to be interviewed about B.U.S.T., Buckle-up and stop texting. They lost their daughter, Alex, this past fall in a car accident. They love the Lord, and I know God will be glorified in them today!
God has done so much in my life; I can't wait to share it! So, this summer, if you are in Levelland around 9:30, and you desire to go deeper with God through prayer, come on over. Bring the kiddos, your swimming gear, and a sack lunch. We are going to get into the Word, take a little swim with the kids, and picnic in the back yard. Hopefully (fingers crossed) the kiddos will be so worn-out after the morning, that they will nap at least 2 hours in the afternoon. ;)
So, this is what I was reading yesterday about prayer and forgiveness. What do you think?
Matthew 5, Message:
1-2 When Jesus saw his ministry drawing huge crowds, he climbed a hillside. Those who were apprenticed to him, the committed, climbed with him. Arriving at a quiet place, he sat down and taught his climbing companions. This is what he said:...
5"You're blessed when you're content with just who you are—no more, no less. That's the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can't be bought.
6"You're blessed when you've worked up a good appetite for God. He's food and drink in the best meal you'll ever eat.
7"You're blessed when you care. At the moment of being 'care-full,' you find yourselves cared for.
8"You're blessed when you get your inside world—your mind and heart—put right. Then you can see God in the outside world. ...
11-12"Not only that—count yourselves blessed every time people put you down or throw you out or speak lies about you to discredit me. What it means is that the truth is too close for comfort and they are uncomfortable. You can be glad when that happens—give a cheer, even!—for though they don't like it, I do! And all heaven applauds. And know that you are in good company. My prophets and witnesses have always gotten into this kind of trouble.
13"Let me tell you why you are here. You're here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavors of this earth. If you lose your saltiness, how will people taste godliness? You've lost your usefulness and will end up in the garbage.
14-16"Here's another way to put it: You're here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We're going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don't think I'm going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I'm putting you on a light stand. Now that I've put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you'll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven....
21-22"You're familiar with the command to the ancients, 'Do not murder.' I'm telling you that anyone who is so much as angry with a brother or sister is guilty of murder. Carelessly call a brother 'idiot!' and you just might find yourself hauled into court. Thoughtlessly yell 'stupid!' at a sister and you are on the brink of hellfire. The simple moral fact is that words kill.
23-24"This is how I want you to conduct yourself in these matters. If you enter your place of worship and, about to make an offering, you suddenly remember a grudge a friend has against you, abandon your offering, leave immediately, go to this friend and make things right. Then and only then, come back and work things out with God.
25-26"Or say you're out on the street and an old enemy accosts you. Don't lose a minute. Make the first move; make things right with him. After all, if you leave the first move to him, knowing his track record, you're likely to end up in court, maybe even jail. If that happens, you won't get out without a stiff fine...
38-42"Here's another old saying that deserves a second look: 'Eye for eye, tooth for tooth.' Is that going to get us anywhere? Here's what I propose: 'Don't hit back at all.' If someone strikes you, stand there and take it. If someone drags you into court and sues for the shirt off your back, gift wrap your best coat and make a present of it. And if someone takes unfair advantage of you, use the occasion to practice the servant life. No more tit-for-tat stuff. Live generously.
43-47"You're familiar with the old written law, 'Love your friend,' and its unwritten companion, 'Hate your enemy.' I'm challenging that. I'm telling you to love your enemies. Let them bring out the best in you, not the worst. When someone gives you a hard time, respond with the energies of prayer, for then you are working out of your true selves, your God-created selves. This is what God does. He gives his best—the sun to warm and the rain to nourish—to everyone, regardless: the good and bad, the nice and nasty. If all you do is love the lovable, do you expect a bonus? Anybody can do that. If you simply say hello to those who greet you, do you expect a medal? Any run-of-the-mill sinner does that.
48"In a word, what I'm saying is, Grow up. You're kingdom subjects. Now live like it. Live out your God-created identity. Live generously and graciously toward others, the way God lives toward you."